Ellen Mueller

Take-aways from Digital Pedagogy Institute

by Ellen Mueller on August 16, 2015, no comments

Credit: http://www.mansionhillinn.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/memorial-union-terrace.jpg

Credit: http://www.mansionhillinn.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/memorial-union-terrace.jpg

The Digital Pedagogy Institute was a very intense week-long experience. Here are a few concepts that were highlighted/reinforced (I took the track focused on on identity).

Regarding identity and privilege…

1. Listening is super important. You must actively listen to people and acknowledge what you have heard, without interrupting them, in order to create a classroom that is respectful and caring. Side note: ‘Safe spaces’ are impossible to achieve and it’s important to openly acknowledge that fact in class with your students while impressing the importance of respectfulness.

2. Taking the time to set up guidelines for respectful discourse will pay off. Likewise, if you neglect this step, you will waste a lot of time on emotional turmoil/breakdowns, and potentially turn students away from concepts you had hoped to promote.

3. I walked away with some great examples/illustrations of how students might think they know someone just by looking at them or via limited online interactions, but it’s really important to withhold judgement based on visual markers of identity or other un-confirmed assumptions. This is such a key concept for students to internalize as early as possible so they can avoid hurting others and embarrassing themselves.

Regarding ‘the digital’…

3. Balance is always key. You need to balance your goals as an instructor with the goals of your institution (in terms of assessment and accreditation). It is also important to balance digital approaches with live approaches.

4. Serious play is gaining appreciation as a pedagogical approach. I spoke on this issue at MACAA in 2012, when I co-chaired a panel entitled Making Bullshit: Serious Play and Failure in Arts Education and Professional Practice, a few years ago. So that’s neat!

5. The take-away I’ll be returning to again and again is this extensive list of tools/projects provided by Andrea Rehn from Whittier College, and a variety of shared Google documents created during the conference.

Shapeways and ExOne Event

by Ellen Mueller on June 26, 2015, no comments

Synergism on Display

“Synergism” Series on display
Photo Credit: Eric Ho

Today I visited ExOne in the Pittsburgh area for a Shapeways event focused on their steel printing. It was very cool! We were able to see all the machines up close and see the production line from beginning to end. We were asked to bring samples of our steel printed pieces, so I brought my recently printed Synergism Series.



3D Printing and Molding/Casting

by Ellen Mueller on June 20, 2015, no comments

I’ve been at Anderson Ranch Arts Center for the week as I participated in a workshop on Silicon Molds & Digital Process led by Lynn Richardson.

Downstairs Studio (Fab Lab)

Downstairs Studio (Fab Lab)

Upstairs Studio

Upstairs Studio – where we did molding/casting

View from upper studio balcony

View from upper studio balcony

We learned about Rhino 3D modeling software, printed 3D models on Makerbot 3D printers, and created molds of our 3D printed objects using silicon and casting in liquid plastic. We also had a bonus digital tool – a laser cutter/engraver, which I had fun with by engraving some plaster disks.